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Chess Story
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
Chess Story, also known as The Royal Game, is the Austrian master Stefan Zweigs final achievement, completed in Brazilian exile and sent off to his American publisher only days before his suicide in 1942. It is the only story in which Zweig looks at Nazism, and he does so with characteristic emphasis on the psychological. Travelers by ship from New York to Buenos Aires find that on board with them is the world champion of chess, an arrogant and unfriendly man. They come together to try their skills against him and are soundly defeated. Then a mysterious passenger steps forward to advise them and their fortunes change. How he came to possess his extraordinary grasp of the game of chess and at what cost lie at the heart of Zweigs story. This new translation of Chess Story brings out the works unusual mixture of high suspense and poignant reflection.
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RachelO
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There‘s an awful lot of book packed into this very short novella.

A steamship journey, a chess master, a story of torture and madness, and a chess game. You can feel the tension, the agitation building, and are just willing the narrator to step in. I‘ll remember this one.

#NewYearWhoDis #ReadingEurope2020 #Austria

Librarybelle Nice start! 3w
squirrelbrain Yay! One down.... 3w
Cathythoughts ❤️👍🏻 3w
lele1432 Wow you are off to a great start!! So glad you liked it! 3w
BarbaraBB Great start. I loved this novella and will read another Zweig for Austria! 3w
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RachelO
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My little local library is coming up trumps today. This is going to be my first read of 2020 and @lele1432 ‘s #NewYearWhoDis list. I also picked up Stoner and downloaded the audio - January‘s mad-busy, work-wise, so I probably won‘t want to do too much print reading.

I‘m waiting for reservations to come in for Salt Slow and Barracoon, & I‘m very excited about ALL of them!

@monalyisha - do you want tagging in these posts? (There might be a few!!)

monalyisha Absolutely! Thanks. 😊 4w
marleed I have a couple books going and I‘m having fun because I‘m deliberately finishing in 2020. I‘m thinking I might even be able to add a third book to the mix! 4w
lele1432 Awww yayyy!! I cannot wait to see what you think of Chess Story. I thought it was masterful. And I'm so glad you downloaded Stoner! It was my pick for #LMPBC and one of my group members just finished it. She loved it! I think it's a great winter read too if you're a seasonal reader at all lol. January will be busy for me as well. But I plan to read through your list all year! I want to read them all lol. 😊 4w
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Cathythoughts Loved Chess Story & Stoner 👍🏻❤️❤️ 4w
RachelO @marleed Ithink I‘ll just have to accept some books are going to spill into next year. I do enjoy starting with a clean slate, but my timing‘s often way off! 4w
RachelO @lele1432 Oh that‘s great to know! And yes, I think I‘ll be reading yours all year too 😊. Stoner‘s a book that I‘ve heard of, but has really never been on my radar, so I know nothing about it. Exciting! 4w
RachelO @Cathythoughts Even more excited now! I‘d never even heard of Chess Story and Stoner‘s completely passed me by - until now 😁 4w
BarbaraBB This book is so good - as is Stoner! Enjoy! (edited) 4w
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Freespirit
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You don‘t have to be a chess player to enjoy this book. So well written. A German novella of only 100 pages long. It‘s 1941...a passenger steamer, a chess world champion, a back ground of Hitlers Germany. #literature #history

BarbaraBB A gem, this book! I am reading and enjoying another Zweig at the moment, 3mo
wanderinglynn Sounds fascinating—stacked! 3mo
EadieB I‘ve read and enjoyed this one! 3mo
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Freespirit I agree @BarbaraBB I will definitely look out for his other books. I will look up Beware of Pity now😄 3mo
Freespirit @wanderinglynn I read it in one sitting...short but a gem! 3mo
Freespirit I had never heard of it @EadieB till my neighbour loaned it to me 3mo
Cathythoughts Such a good book 👍 3mo
EadieB @Freespirit It‘s on the 1001 book list of books to read before you die. I also own by him 3mo
batsy I loved this one too! 3mo
Freespirit Thanks @Cathythoughts @batsy loved it too💕 3mo
Freespirit @EadieB I will hunt up that one too...thank you xx 3mo
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lele1432
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A few days late, but I never get to do a #monthlywrapup. This was a good month for me!
Audio 🎧: 5
Ebook 💻: 1
Physical 📚: 2
5⭐️: Chess Story - favorite book so far this year
4⭐️: The Need, The Silent Patient, Dark Matter
3⭐️: Supermarket, If Beale Street Could Talk
2⭐️: A Nearly Normal Family, Her Body and Other Parties
#julywrapup #julystats #julyreads #monthlystats

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lele1432
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5 beautiful stars!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was masterful, & I never would have read it had I not seen it as a #NYRBbookclub pick. This story shows how the game of chess both saved a man from madness in solitary confinement, & also drove him to the brink of insanity as a result of intellectual overstimulation. As Zweig reveals the darkness of Nazi torment & effects of isolation on the brain, we're reminded just how adept the Nazis were at all types of evil.

sprainedbrain Great review! 6mo
lele1432 @sprainedbrain thank you! 😊 6mo
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Suet624 Great review. My opinion of the book was so-so, but I think it might have just been poor timing for me. Any other time I might have given it a 5 star rating. 6mo
lele1432 @Suet624 thank you! And I honestly think timing has a lot to do with how readers experience books, at least it does for me. 🙂 6mo
Suet624 @lele1432 Absolutely. :)
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lele1432
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Well, not quite where I'd like to be at this point of #24b4Monday, but I've only participated in a few readathons and never even made it to 12hrs lol, so 12 was my goal going into it. I just might hit 24 this time! 🤞🏽

Oh, and this book was a masterpiece!! I think it would be a great future #lmpbc pick. #readathon #nyrb #nyrbbookclub #popsugarreadingchallenge #pop19 #popsugar2019 #RevolvesAroundAGameOrPuzzle

TheReadingMermaid Holy moly girl you're doing awesome!!! 🤩🤩 6mo
lele1432 @TheReadingMermaid thank you! 😊 6mo
Andrew65 A great time. Well done 👏👏👏🙌 6mo
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lele1432 @Andrew65 thanks! Now to get back at it lol 6mo
Andrew65 @lele1432 Soon be time for the next one. 5mo
lele1432 @Andrew65 I can't wait! 5mo
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sprainedbrain
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Question 5: Chess Story is classified as a novella. What is the distinction between a novella & a novel? Are these classifications useful?

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Liz_M Presumably the distinction between a novel and novella is length. For me, it is a useful distinction, providing a framework of expectations and reference. A novella is unlikely to convey a story through huge sprawling narratives with extensive character lists and ornate prose. If it is able to portray a complex, multi-layered narrative it tends use economical prose and innuendo rather than detailed descriptions. So my critiques are different. 6mo
vivastory Well said @Liz_M ! I completely agree. I think they are useful insofar as providing expectations & I know that they have succeeded when I feel that they're not a failed novel, or a short story that went on for too long. This definitely met my expectations. 6mo
Aimeesue Yeah, length. Between a novel and short story, with the simpler (usually single) themes of a short story, less complex/ multi- stranded than novels. Generally shorter time frames. 6mo
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emilyhaldi @Liz_M spot on!!! I love a good novella from time to time but have a hard time with short stories.. I always find myself wanting just a bit more. This novella was perfect 👌🏻 6mo
lele1432 I think the distinction is useful, for reasons the others have stated. I look for different attributes in novellas. I expect more closure than a short story, but with the understanding that the prose will be compact and concise. If done well, I feel there's a certain richness to this that you might not otherwise get in a full-length novel. More dense and less sprawl, but still conveying a complete story. 6mo
youneverarrived With a novella you know you aren‘t going to get a sprawling narrative; it‘s a more condensed and focused form. 6mo
vivastory @lele1432 That's a great point about closure. I often think of short stories being closer to poems. Nearly every word matters in a successful short story & a lot of them have more ambiguity than novels. 6mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi I love short stories, but it seems to be more in theory as I very rarely actually read them 😂 6mo
lele1432 @vivastory there is a lot of ambiguity in short stories lol! I've warmed to them as of late, but it took a while due to the levels of ambiguity and lack of closure. 6mo
Liz_M @vivastory I like the “not a failed novel“ description 😁. I think a novella is a slightly different form, requiring slightly different skills. Like in track and field -- some runners are excellent sprinters, some are better at long distances, and, occasionally, some runners are successful at both. 6mo
AnneCecilie I agree with previous posts. The distinction is mostly for the reader @Liz_M @vivastory @Aimeesue @emilyhaldi @lele1432 6mo
lele1432 @Liz_M yes exactly! That's a good analogy. 6mo
Reviewsbylola I think there‘s a big difference between the two and in this case, we‘re given a brief story that is so powerful because it‘s a novella. We don‘t get bogged down by minutiae and character development, so the game itself can really stand out. 6mo
batsy I've always appreciate the categorisation but mainly in terms of knowing how thick a book is going to be 😁 As a reader personally I've just felt a good book is as long as it needs to be; in some cases it needs to be a chunkster and it's effective, and in some cases like this one it's short and succinct and equally powerful. 6mo
sprainedbrain @batsy I love that answer! 🙌🏻 6mo
Leftcoastzen I have read books about writing where many authors say they have an idea , and when the work starts to take shape it “tells “ them if it‘s to be a novella or a longer book. 6mo
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sprainedbrain
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Question 4: Zweig utilized secondary narrator device for Chess Story. Was this effective for his narrative?

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Liz_M The most chilling moment in the novella was the narrator's realization about Dr. B's pacing back and forth during the chess match. That unconscious motion perfectly capturing the inner turmoil couldn't be shown in first-person. But in other places, the narration was distancing, perhaps purposefully. ⬇ (edited) 6mo
Liz_M The reader is almost forced to identify with Dr. B because we hear his story first-hand - told directly to the narrator while Czentovic's is told by a second party, summarizing newspaper articles. 6mo
vivastory I agree with @Liz_M I found it very effective, especially in that you think that Czentovic will be the protagonist but it really seems like Dr B becomes the protagonist. Or, Zweig almost sets it up like a chess game with 2 principal characters. Very unusual & would have been impossible with first person. 6mo
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Aimeesue Very effective. Puts Dr. B into intense focus where we see him as an individual and understand his thinking and his motive. Czentovic remains a formidable obstacle with unknown motivations. 6mo
vivastory I agree @Aimeesue Czentovic's motivations are mostly unknown. Personally I didn't find this to be a weakness of the book, it strengthened my sense of Dr. B as the protagonist, even though he was introduced later. 6mo
Aimeesue @vivastory Underscores the individual yearning human being/ oppressive immovable regime themes. 6mo
youneverarrived Yeah, really effective. I think what @Liz_M said is spot on. We see both characters from a distance, through the narrators eyes, but can identify more with Dr. B given that he talks to the narrator and gives a first hand account of part of his life. (edited) 6mo
AnneCecilie Yes, I found it very effective. When Dr B tells his story, I was really there, experiencing his trauma. 6mo
Reviewsbylola I think it worked because it was a short novella with a big impact. 6mo
merelybookish I was most interested in the narrator. What he reveals about himself was intriguing. 6mo
batsy Yes, so effective for the reasons stated above. The tension was created in this kind of framing and Czentovic not having a psychological back story is also pretty chilling (in terms of his feelings or motivations). 6mo
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sprainedbrain
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Question 3: Do you think Czentovic can't play "blind" (by memory) like Dr. B because he has never been forced to? Or do you think he is physically unable to?

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vivastory There were a few parts of Zweig's story that felt strangely relevant to issues of contemporary technology & this was one. I couldn't help but think of the old argument that reliance on technology weakens our memories. I think it's impossible to know if Czentovic would have learned to play blind, but I think there's a chance he could learn. 6mo
Liz_M I thought Czentovic was depicted as a savant, unable to think abstractly to the point of barely learning to read, but brilliant at Chess. ETA: but then again, we only get his story second or third hand, so maybe the depiction is unreliable. (edited) 6mo
emilyhaldi So true!! @vivastory Zweig seemed to foresee the future in that way... but I do wonder if Czentovic ever would have been able to learn the game in the same way as Dr B. Even if isolated and “forced” to focus on chess in a different way, his savant mind might not work in that same way. 🤔 6mo
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Aimeesue Visualisation is partly skill, but it also biologically based. Some of us just dont have the neural connections to do it well. I sure don't. It's incredibly hard for me to imagine anything but pages of type or spaces/ rooms I know very well. And they're always static. And I'm old, so tech is not to blame. 😋 (edited) 6mo
lele1432 I likened it to the ability to read music and/or play by ear. Some people struggle with learning to read music and others need sheet music because they can't play by ear. Come to think of it, I think it fits his character perfectly. Just like he could speak (because of listening and imitating since a young child) but was illiterate, he learned chess by watching and playing, but not utilizing whatever part of his brain needed to play "blind." 6mo
vivastory @Aimeesue @emilyhaldi Biology is significant. I think the issue that Zweig raises about Czentovic not being able to play blind & being mocked for it, yet he is a better player is also interesting (savant vs. cultured etc) Definitely seems to be some resentment for the new underdog. 6mo
AnneCecilie I don‘t think Czentovic can play blind. I know that this story is relatively old and I don‘t know what was needed to be in the elite back in the day, but today‘s players play blind. That‘s why they don‘t need to look at the table all the time. They have the game in their head and continue to play there to figure out their next moves since they plan way ahead. 6mo
lele1432 @vivastory I thought that part was really interesting too! Obviously his inability to play blind can be looked at as a weakness and he was mocked for it, but he being the better player regardless I think painted a really interesting picture of human nature. Jealousy, elitism, and perhaps a dash of entitlement? (This person shouldn't be better than me because they don't have the "proper" skillset.) 6mo
vivastory @lele1432 Yes, very well said! I feel like although Zweig was writing about a game, there was a lot of underlying smart commentary about sports ethics. 6mo
Reviewsbylola I just figured he wasn‘t “smart” enough. Admittedly tho, I know nothing about the game of chess. I felt Czentovic was playing the game completely through instinct. Almost like his brain knew what to do without him even knowing why. 6mo
batsy I don't know anything about chess 🙈 But I do think if part of it is to show how Czentovic became crazy brilliant at something without having to change his mind or perception or imagination. He was good at one thing, and thus that one thing was the only thing he cared to be good at. 6mo
Suet624 @vivastory I agree with your thoughts here. 6mo
Suet624 @lele1432 Yes! Elitism for sure. 6mo
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sprainedbrain
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Question 2: Did you find the outcome of the chess match at the end of the novella to be satisfying? Why or why not?

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vivastory I found it satisfying. Since Dr. B had to mentally play a game of chess due to be Czentovic's long delays between moves, he seemed like a better (if impatient) player 6mo
emilyhaldi I found it satisfying! And Czentovic‘s last line made me chuckle...”For an amateur, this gentleman is really extraordinarily talented.” 😆 The final game was quite an interesting juxtaposition of the two warring minds, both brilliant in their different way. 6mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi Right?! Nice way to save face Czentovic 6mo
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Aimeesue Indeed. The draw and the way Czentovic ended it seemed designed to (1) deprive Dr. B of the almost-win and (2) emotionally manipulate him. Then Czentovic deliberately draws out what he can see is bothersome to Dr. B EVEN THOUGH HE DOESN'T HAVE TO, simply to inflict pain to help him win. Resonates with what authoritarian regimes/ rulers do to obtain/ keep power. 6mo
youneverarrived I thought it was. At first I was kind of on Dr. B‘s side but was glad when the narrator pulled him out of it. Very well said @Aimeesue 👍 6mo
Liz_M Is the ending effective? Absolutely. Satisfying? Not at all. 6mo
Aimeesue @youneverarrived That was the best part! When the narrator pulled Dr. B out because WE DON'T HAVE TO PLAY that guy's game!! 6mo
batsy Nicely put @Aimeesue. I like how @Liz_M worded it because I wanted the emotional satisfaction of a Dr B win but this felt more effective/realistic in terms of not having to play the game and realising one can "opt out" of having to play by others' rules, so to speak. 6mo
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Question 1: Zweig was Jewish and left Austria following Hitler's rise to power. Considering the life experiences of Zweig, do you think the duel between Czentovic and Dr. B is symbolic? If so, of what?

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vivastory I thought the introduction by Peter Gay was interesting when he mentioned that Zweig's book is about the most logical game (emphasized several times in the story) but it is set during an irrational time. 6mo
Aimeesue Yep. Individual yearning human beings vs oppressive, unknowable State set on its own goals regardless of what it takes to get there. 6mo
Liz_M The two chess players are so starkly opposites in many ways, I feel like they are supposed to be symbolic of something, but darned if I know what. I am tempted to read it as an allegory between populism and elitism, but doubt I can justify that within the text. 6mo
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Liz_M OOoh, or what @Aimeesue said. 6mo
Aimeesue @Liz_M There's definitely a populism/elitism split. Czentovic is plodding, stoic, and inscrutable, and not in a good, calm zen-like way. Dr. B is emotional and neurotic because he can see how all the permutations play out. 6mo
AnneCecilie I didn‘t read the NYRB edition so my edition didn‘t have an introduction. On the inside flap it said that he committed suicide after finishing this novella and I wonder if the two players are different parts of Zweig playing out his arguments in a way. But I don‘t know if that is far fetched 6mo
sprainedbrain @Aimeesue You completely summed up my feelings on the assumed symbolism of these two characters. 6mo
Reviewsbylola That‘s a great question. 🤔 I didn‘t read the NYRB edition either and had absolutely no forward or intro so I don‘t have any background on Zweig. 6mo
batsy I was wondering the same re: symbolism. I, like most, have heard a lot about the Third Reich in a general way but I'm sure a lot of the particularities of the historical era went over my head. That's a great point @Aimeesue and I also wonder if Czentovic is meant to convey that single-minded obsession (monomania) that is dangerous, whether in individuals or in states (fundamentalism that leads to the irrational hatred/fear of an other). 6mo
Aimeesue @batsy Monomania! Exactly the word I was looking for! 6mo
Suet624 @Liz_M 'Darned if I know what.“ I had to laugh at that. I felt the same way. 6mo
Suet624 @batsy Love your response. Single-minded obsession is definitely dangerous and playing out even now as we speak. 6mo
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sprainedbrain
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Hello, #NYRBbookclub members! In about 10 minutes, I will start posting our discussion questions for Chess Story. Looking forward to seeing everyone‘s thoughts!

vivastory 🎉👏📚 6mo
Liz_M Thank you Jenni & Scott for another fabulous read and good discussion! 👏 6mo
GatheringBooks awesome! enjoy, everyone! will still follow the discussion. :) 6mo
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Reviewsbylola Joining in a little late. I enjoyed this one! 6mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t make it, I‘m sorry. I forgot about is because I am on vacation. Great discussion though! 💕 6mo
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB No worries! Hope you‘re enjoying your vacation! ❤️ 6mo
Rachel_nyc I forgot I was going to be away for this discussion as well but I‘m off to read the discussion now. 6mo
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emilyhaldi
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Quite a lot to think about packed into this little novella! Looking forward to hearing all of the insights from my fellow #NYRBbookclub members 🧐

Reviewsbylola I enjoyed this one a lot! 6mo
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mklong
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I‘ll save most of my thoughts on this one for our #NYRBBookClub discussion tomorrow, but for now I‘ll say that I can‘t believe how riveted I was by a chess match! Thanks for such a great nomination @sprainedbrain !!

sprainedbrain Glad you liked it! I‘m looking forward to the discussion tomorrow. 😃 6mo
vivastory Looking forward to the discussion! 6mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#nyrbbookclub Even though I took advantage of the NYRB sale, I had to buy it on kindle.They were overwhelmed with orders , I probably won‘t get my shipment till next month .sigh. I was impressed the novella, the psychological drama ,the intensity of studying something intensely to stay sane that it might have the opposite effect .Oh,and what @batsy said .😉

vivastory Great review! There's a lot going on in this little book. 6mo
AlaMich I‘m happy to hear that sales are booming for NYRB, even though your order is delayed. We have to keep them publishing!! 6mo
Leftcoastzen @AlaMich Totally agree! 6mo
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batsy Nice review! I love that there's so much going on under the surface. 6mo
Centique 😂 love that final line of your review! @batsy 💕 6mo
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batsy
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A taut, gripping psychological thriller that tackles big themes with brevity. There's an almost Victorian gothic vibe in the story-within-a-story trope. I finished the book feeling a tremendous unease. There's the critique of fascism & its instruments of torture & power, but also the underlying despair about what the mind can do in a two-fold manner: save us & imprison us. An unsettling story that left me questioning so much. #nyrbbookclub

Tanisha_A That coffee looks yum! Awesome review. ❤️ 6mo
Suet624 Great review. 6mo
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sprainedbrain Excellent review! 6mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh wow - sounds perfect for me - stacked!! 6mo
Blaire Great review!! #stacked 6mo
Mdargusch Wow! Very intriguing and sounds just like a NyRB book. 6mo
JazzFeathers Waiting for it in the mail 6mo
mklong Oh yes, the narration definitely reminded me of Frankenstein. Glad I'm not the only one who picked up that vibe. 6mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Thank you! And yes, I enjoyed that ☕❤️ 6mo
batsy @Suet624 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Blaire @Mdargusch Thank you! An intriguing read; so much conveyed in a compact novella. 6mo
batsy @sprainedbrain Thanks for including it in your selection! 🙂 I've had such a great time reading all of the picks so far. 6mo
batsy @mklong I'm happy to hear that! That's really cool because Frankenstein came to mind for me, as well. 6mo
andrew61 Great review, i read it in a day last year but feel that I now need to read it again. 6mo
Leftcoastzen Nice review! 6mo
vivastory What a wonderful review! This is definitely one I will be rereading. There's a lot to unpack. 6mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review... I agree , the power of the mind. At once inspiring & can be terrifying. Love this review 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
batsy @andrew61 @Leftcoastzen @vivastory @Cathythoughts Thank you ❤️ It's a book I'm interested in reading straight through once again. 6mo
GatheringBooks too bad i missed this one, and will miss the discussion. looking forward to reading this one next year. 6mo
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Aimeesue
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Almost forgot to read this one before Saturday. Good thing it‘s thinly.
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Liz_M
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I'm bringing my big-boy game to Saturday's discussion. #Nyrbbookclub @vivastory

merelybookish Nice! 6mo
vivastory Impressive! I've always wanted to learn. 6mo
Leftcoastzen 😎 6mo
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lele1432
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Got some nice #bookmail! I was really hoping The Nickel Boys would have been a BOTM pick this month, but alas it was not. A Little Lumpen was Bolaño's last work published before he died, & I think I'm really going to enjoy it! I couldn't resist adding the tagged book. Hoping I can finish before this Saturday and join in on the #nyrbbookclub discussion! Also works for my #popsugarreadingchallenge #pop19 #RevolvesAroundAPuzzleOrGame #nyrb #novella

vivastory That's great book mail! I hope you can join our discussion tomorrow! 6mo
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vivastory
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Zweig's gem of a novella defty handles large themes, such as political torture, obsession & fame. Utilizing secondary narrator device, we are told of the world champion of the royal game, onboard a passenger steamer. A quarter of the way through the book we are introduced to a mysterious character who in many ways ends up being the principal character. Zweig's book is an engaging entry in the subgenre of metaphysical game narratives.

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Hey, #NYRBBookClub I know there were already a few fans of Zweig's book & I noticed that several more have read, & loved, it. Please join my longtime Litsy friend @sprainedbrain & I next Saturday (7/27) at 1 pm CST as we discuss it!

Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
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AbhisekBasu Please check out my bio! It'll be the scariest book you'll read this year! ☠️ 6mo
Reviewsbylola I enjoyed this one! I wasn‘t expecting to. 6mo
emilyhaldi I‘m saving it for this week, can‘t wait! ♟ 6mo
mklong @emilyhaldi Same! Looking forward to Saturday! 6mo
saresmoore 🙌 6mo
GatheringBooks so sorry to miss this one and the upcoming one. 😭📚😂 6mo
batsy @emilyhaldi Me too! Looking forward to reading. 6mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one when I read it long ago. I‘ll follow the discussion if I can (not sure since I am travelling). 6mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I hope you can join the discussion, but I understand if you are unable to. I hope you are having a great trip!! 6mo
Theaelizabet @vivastory @sprainedbrain July is my month of vacation and family visits, so unfortunately I‘ll be looking at the discussion after-the-fact. I‘m reading the book now and will offer up late thoughts if there are any of note. Thanks for keeping this club going. I do enjoy it! (edited) 6mo
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Suet624
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Hmmm... I‘m sorry to say I was a bit underwhelmed. Between a so-so and a pick. It may be because I was blown away by Disappearing Earth which I finished just before reading this one. Hoping the book discussion will help me to see what I‘m missing. #NYRBBookClub

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Rachel_nyc
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I have never played chess so I was unsure about this book but I found it fascinating. So sad that Zweig committed suicide shortly after writing it. As always, I‘m looking forward to the discussion with the #nyrbbookclub #nyrb Unrelated photo. It‘s hot out there so if you‘re in a warm climate too make sure to get refreshments!

Cathythoughts I thought it was excellent too ... 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
Rachel_nyc @Cathythoughts And very different from our previous books. It should make for I retesting discussion. 6mo
vivastory I'm reading it tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it. It will definitely be a change from the prior two. 6mo
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Rachel_nyc @vivastory Yes, much different but still quite good. Looking forward to discussing next week. 6mo
Leftcoastzen I would kill for a Mr. Softie!😂🍦 (edited) 6mo
Rachel_nyc @Leftcoastzen 🤣🤣 It is so good!! 6mo
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merelybookish
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Getting a bit of #NYRBbookclub reading in before jam making. (My Mum will do the cooking. I just cut the berries.)

Cathythoughts Nice pic 👍🏻🍓🍓🍓 6mo
sarahbarnes Fun!! 🍓 6mo
vivastory Great pic. I hope you are having a good time! 6mo
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AnneCecilie
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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A short novella/ long short story about a game of chess played between Czentovic and Dr. B. The game that really got to me is the one Dr. B. talked about playing in Austria. My edition is approximately 70 p so I don‘t want to say anything more.

On the inside flap of my edition is says that Zweig committed suicide the day after he finished this story. Maybe this can be felt throughout the story?

#NYRBBookClub

AnneCecilie In Norway there has been chess fever ever since Magnus Carlsen was ranked no 1 and won the world championship. Now he is ranging champion. Chess is actually podcasted live on TV, and before this I would have no idea what a1 and d5 etc would mean. 6mo
AnneCecilie I had some issues with the translation, and that is not because it‘s bad but the language it‘s written in. In Norway we have two written languages. Yes, 5 million people can‘t agree on one language. One is based on the danish that was spoken in Norway for 500 yrs, Bokmål, and the other is based on all the dialects that are spoken, Nynorsk. Today, the only area where Nynorsk is standing strong is the west of the county and Bergen has the only paper 6mo
AnneCecilie that writes in Nynorsk. So I was completely unprepared for meeting Nynorsk in this translation. The only other book I‘ve read in Nynorsk since high school was My Brilliant Friend earlier this year, but I knew that before starting. It‘s not that there a big differences, but they are there. 6mo
vivastory That's really interesting about the translation. Did you like My Brilliant Friend? 6mo
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Izai.Amorim
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The mystery of book prices. I checked if the German edition of the Chess Story would be cheaper then the 13 euros for the paperback translation. I found a hardcover with a collection of novellas, 800 pages, for only 10! It was about time, I've had Zweig on my list for very long. I ask myself if he would get published today. Novellas are a tough sell. Stephen King once said that he could get his laundry list published but not a novellas.😁

Sarah83 Anaconda publisher right? They come up with cheap hardcover editions. I often ask myself, why dtv, Fischer and co have to be so expensive... 6mo
Izai.Amorim @Sarah83 Yes, Anaconda. I ask myself the same, especially when you consider how old some books are. 6mo
Sarah83 Definitely. Sometimes their editions aren't as gorgeous as others but their translations are often better. 6mo
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sprainedbrain What a bargain! I adored Chess Story... I plan to read more Zweig. 6mo
LeahBergen I really enjoyed Chess Story (my first read by Zweig)! 6mo
Izai.Amorim @sprainedbrain @LeahBergen "Burning Secret" was also very good. 6mo
Suet624 I just finished this and I was underwhelmed for some reason. 6mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 I can understand why. It‘s a famous piece but not his best. I liked the prose, how the story flows easily. (Disclaimer:I‘m a big fan of early 20th century German literature). I also liked the idea behind it, how our minds can do strange and powerful things in extreme situations. Now to the problems. There‘s a lot of stuff that isn‘t credible, a sugarcoated version of reality. The Nazis were brutal thugs who would never... (more below) (edited) 6mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 ...have a prisoner like him walk away free. The guy‘s biography was also cheesy, unrealistic. Sometimes it read like a book for teenagers. The biggest flaw was using a first person narrator to tell the story. The narrator doesn‘t add any value, his voice is lame. That flashback conversation on the deck wasn‘t a good way to introduce the character. A third person narrator, telling the story chronologically, would have been much better. 6mo
Suet624 I appreciate you sharing tour thoughts on this. You expressed perfectly both what I liked and didn‘t about the book. 5mo
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AnneCecilie
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Thought I should join in on this month‘s #NYRBBookClub.

The Norwegian transition has also included some of Zweig‘s other texts, but I think I‘ll focus on Chess Story

BarbaraBB So nice to have you joining! And I read some other novellas by Zweig and they are all really good! 💜 @sprainedbrain (edited) 6mo
sprainedbrain I hope you love it! I devoured this novella. 6mo
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB have you read Amok? 6mo
BarbaraBB Yes! Both Amok and Chess Story. And loved them. Next will be (edited) 6mo
AnneCecilie @BarbaraBB @sprainedbrain I really enjoy this novella, but have some issues with the translation. Your other recommendations doesn‘t seem to be in my collection. I would definitely read more by him in the future, but right now I‘m in a serious “too many books, to little time” mood. 6mo
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Cathythoughts
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Chess scares me .. but I found this book much more frightening than chess. The power of the mind & like those mirrors that reflect back & back & back .. chess & metaphor & black & white. What people go through in their minds in terrible times. I think this counts for #booked2019 #politicalintrigue A powerful book 🙏🏻🙏🏻Thankyou to the author for showing us this #NYRBbookclub #NYRB

erzascarletbookgasm That was quick!! Is this a novella? I‘ve got it stacked btw 😁 7mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm yes! It‘s a novella that I couldn‘t put down ♥️💔💔 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm And now I found my book for the same prompt. Thank you! 👍😘 7mo
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Cinfhen I‘ve heard this book is very good!! My aunt who is an avid reader raves about it. 7mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I think it works in a different sort of way ... I‘m always afraid to call it , but yes it works for me definitely ♥️ 7mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen it‘s so powerful Cindy ! I hope you read it 7mo
Billypar Nice review- stacked immediately! 7mo
Cathythoughts @Billypar thanks! It will stay with me ♥️✨ 7mo
LeahBergen Great review! 7mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen thanks Leah it had a strong impression on me ... how are you going with it ? 7mo
Reviewsbylola I need to start this soon. 7mo
TrishB Great review👍🏻 7mo
batsy Fabulous review, Cathy. I can't wait to read once my copy arrives! 7mo
JazzFeathers So happy you read this review. I've been debating whether to read this. I truly enjoyed another German Expressionist story, Fraulein Else (absolutely fantastic!), so l'm sold. 7mo
Cathythoughts @JazzFeathers I had resistance to this one , but so glad I read it. I hope you will too. Look forward to your thoughts & I‘ll look up the book you tagged 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
Cathythoughts @batsy thanks ! Praise indeed ! I look forward to your thoughts 👍🏻😘 7mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks 😘 7mo
Cathythoughts @Reviewsbylola I‘ll look forward to your review 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
emilyhaldi Oooohh I was still working on finding a book for #politicalintrigue ! 👌🏻 6mo
vivastory Wonderful review. I will be reading this in the next few days. I'm really looking forward to it. 6mo
BarbaraBB Great review! 6mo
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LeahBergen
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Sunday night. Let‘s see how this one starts. 😊

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sprainedbrain I can‘t wait to hear what you think! 7mo
catebutler This one is on my list! Looking forward to your review. 7mo
Cathythoughts Nice pic 👍🏻 7mo
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LeahBergen @sprainedbrain @catebutler I‘m thinking it‘s going to be a good one. 🤞🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts I just started reading this one... interesting , hard to put down so far 👍🏻 7mo
vivastory How are you enjoying it, Leah? 6mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts 💜 6mo
TrishB Hope you‘re off buying lovely books somewhere 💕 6mo
LeahBergen @TrishB I am! 😆😆 And I was also at a week-long antiquarian book seminar. 6mo
TrishB Oh that sounds fab! 💕 6mo
Reviewsbylola I enjoyed this one! 6mo
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sprainedbrain
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What an absolutely brilliant, multilayered, fascinating story! It‘s a short little novella, but there is so much going on here. I do not play chess—I have never had any desire to, and that hasn‘t changed—but I was completely riveted and involved. The tension builds and builds... better than any psychological thrillers I‘ve read recently.

Now to come up with some interesting discussion questions for #NYRBBookClub!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

vivastory Great review! I'm really looking forward to reading this one! 7mo
batsy Sounds really intriguing! 7mo
readordierachel Sold! 7mo
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Cathythoughts Wow ! Sounds great 7mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I loved this one too. So many meaning in so few words! 7mo
QuintusMarcus I loved this, as I‘ve loved everything of Zweig‘s I read. Did you know he was an opera librettist for Richard Strauss? That‘s how I first became interested in the author. 7mo
sprainedbrain @QuintusMarcus I did not know that! Very interesting! 7mo
sisilia Yes, the intensity build-up is really good in this book... 84 pages and so much in there 🎊 7mo
Cathythoughts Powerful book ... ♥️ 7mo
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sisilia
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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5⭐️ What a delicious novella! Zweig wrote this before he committed suicide, so I wonder if the psychological struggle he described here is what was torturing him. How far can you stretch a person before s/he snaps? No matter how resillient we are, we won‘t escape undamaged
#nyrbbookclub #nyrb #nyrbclassics

Rachel_nyc I just received notification that my library ebook is available. Looking forward to reading this! 7mo
sprainedbrain Great review! 7mo
sisilia @Rachel_nyc Yay, in time for the weekend 💖 7mo
sisilia @sprainedbrain Thank you ☺️ 7mo
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sisilia
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Whoaaa this is good stuff! I have less than 20 pages left and I want more!
#nyrbbookclub #nyrb #nyrbclassics

Cathythoughts Interesting.. I‘m having resistance to it , this makes me want to give it a go 👍🏻 7mo
sisilia @Cathythoughts It‘s totally worth a go for 84 pages 👍🏻 (edited) 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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No NYRB edition for me of this book. This is the Dutch edition which I read years ago because this novella is one of the #1001books to read before you die. It is a gem, you‘re in for a treat, #NYRBBookClub ♟🖤

Cathythoughts I have resistance to it ... but I‘ll try it soon ... 7mo
vivastory This has been on my TBR for awhile now. I'm looking forward to reading it. Are you going to reread it? 7mo
Theaelizabet It‘s been on my TBR forever. Looking forward to finally reading it. 7mo
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Jari-chan This will always be the book I remember reading in a disco 🤣 7mo
Henrik_Madsen This a compelling and terrible story. Much recommended. 7mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I‘d give it a try if I were you, I think you‘ll be pleasantly surprised! 7mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory I don‘t think so, I am travelling most of July and don‘t want to take too many books with me 7mo
BarbaraBB @Jari-chan Tell us more 😀! 7mo
BarbaraBB @Henrik_Madsen Yes! Glad you felt that way too! 7mo
Jari-chan @BarbaraBB Well, nothing really special about it. I'm not that much into partying (not at all...), so I got bored pretty fast. But my friends were enjoying themselves, so I just grabbed the next book at hand (this one) and went looking for a good light spot 😁 We all had a good time that night 😁 7mo
vivastory @Jari-chan That's a fantastic story! 7mo
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emilyhaldi
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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How many #nyrbclassics are too many? Asking for a friend....

p.s. I blame this entirely on @vivastory and #NYRBbookclub

MicheleinPhilly 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 7mo
Liz_M 562 are too many 😁 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego No such thing. 😊 7mo
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vivastory What @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego said, No such thing. I gladly accept the blame! 😄 You bought some real gems! 7mo
batsy 😍😍 7mo
Jari-chan Nice! 😍 7mo
sisilia I own all the NYRBs in this photo 🙈 7mo
Theaelizabet Too many? No such thing. 7mo
LeahBergen I dunno ... maybe six or seven hundred? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
BarbaraBB This looks so great! Such good ones among them! I am eyeing the Uwe Johnson‘s 💜❤️💕❤️ 7mo
Reviewsbylola Did you order all of those at once?! 7mo
emilyhaldi Maybe 😬😬😬😬😬🤫 @Reviewsbylola 7mo
emilyhaldi There‘s something so appealing to me about a chunkster @BarbaraBB now I just need to find the time to read them... 7mo
Reviewsbylola Impressive! I hope Alex didn‘t see that package arrive! 7mo
Liz_M @emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB I'm starting a year-long read of Anniversaries in August because "The novel has 366 short sections, one for each day of the year, from August 1967 to August 1968" 7mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M That is real good idea! 7mo
emilyhaldi @Liz_M love that idea!! 👏🏻👏🏻 I may have to join you 7mo
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sisilia
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Just arrived:
• July nominations for #nyrbbookclub Chess Story and Dead Souls (I read The Summer Book in April)
• The Seventh Cross for August buddy-read with @shawnmooney
#nyrb #nyrbclassics

shawnmooney Can‘t wait! 🥰 7mo
Anna40 Love Anna Segher's books, but my favorite is Transit, not Seventh Cross 7mo
sisilia @Anna40 Ah yes, I will be reading Transit for the IRL bookclub in November. I heard positive reviews about it 7mo
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Reviewsbylola
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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So my library may not have had the NYRB edition of The Chess Story, but they did have this beautiful cloth bound anthology that includes it. 🥰 #nyrbbookclub

BarbaraBB That edition looks gorgeous. And I guess you‘ll want the other stories too after finishing Chess Story! 7mo
batsy Pretty! 7mo
Aims42 Beautiful copy and beautiful nails 😍 7mo
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Theaelizabet Lovely. 7mo
britt_brooke Digging your nails. 💅🏻 The book is nice, too. 😉 7mo
LeahBergen Pretty! And so is that nail colour! 😍😍 7mo
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vivastory
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Not everyone has voted, but with 11 votes Zweig's Chess Story is the clear winner. What a difference from last month's voting! Thanks again for submitting three great choices Jenni!
#NYRBBookClub

Theaelizabet Looking forward to it! 7mo
Rachel_nyc All three were great choices. Looking forward to this one! 7mo
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BarbaraBB Great choices indeed! Thanks for nominating @sprainedbrain 💕 7mo
Theaelizabet Yep, good choices @sprainedbrain! 7mo
Reviewsbylola This makes it easy on me. Now I don‘t have to decide what to vote for. 😆 7mo
Cathythoughts Oh great .. this is July‘s choice then ?! It‘s 99p on kindle 🎉 7mo
Cathythoughts Does the translation need to be by this translator on the book in the post ... 7mo
vivastory @Cathythoughts This is July's choice & if you found a different translation that is fine 7mo
sprainedbrain Yay! I‘m excited about this one. 😃 7mo
saresmoore Awesome! 7mo
LeahBergen Yay! And I own this one already. 👍🏻 7mo
vivastory @LeahBergen Same here. Obviously that just means an extra book next time we're NYRB shopping 😄 #bookmath 7mo
sisilia Yay! Now it‘s time to hit Book Depository again hahaha... 7mo
GatheringBooks nice! great choice! i am afraid tho that i will skip this one, given our #womenreadwomen2019 theme this year, Sadly. but do enjoy, and i will stalk your discussion about this title! :) 7mo
emilyhaldi So excited for my monthly excuse to place a new #nyrb order 😜👏🏻 7mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi I'm looking forward to your haul! 7mo
Prakash6 Nice 7mo
Dragonfairykats Is there anything I need to do to join in? What does NYRB stand for? 7mo
vivastory @Dragonfairykats The selections & discussions are open for anyone on Litsy, but nominating the selections & voting is for the group. The group will open for new members once we've gone through every member. We'd love to have you join in the discussions! 7mo
vivastory @Dragonfairykats NYRB stands for New York Review Book Classics 7mo
Dragonfairykats @vivastory awesome! My library doesn't actually have a copy of this so I'm going to check out a used bookstore or have to buy it 7mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I‘ve never read any Zweig, but his work was the primary inspiration for The Grand Budapest Hotel (I know this ‘cause I‘m reading the Making Of right now). 7mo
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sprainedbrain
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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I‘ve narrowed my wishlist down to these three nominations for July for #NYRBbookclub. 😃

Bonus for anyone working on the #1001books list... these are all on it. @BarbaraBB I‘m really hoping you haven‘t read all of these! 😬

Voting is open, friends.

merelybookish Ooh fun picks! I've never read any Zweig so my vote is 7mo
Theaelizabet I‘ve read and loved The Summer Book, and Dead Souls has been on my TBR forever. So... 7mo
sisilia Chess Story! ☺️ 7mo
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Leftcoastzen They all look good 7mo
LeahBergen Yayyyy! Great picks! I have Chess Story on my list for the ‘Z‘ category of this year‘s #LitsyAtoZ so that‘s my vote! 7mo
LeahBergen I‘ve read The Summer Book and it‘s lovely! 💕💕 7mo
mklong @LeahBergen Seconded! But, since I‘ve read that one, I‘ll vote for 7mo
vivastory Fantastic picks Jenni! I vote for 7mo
Suet624 Chess story! 7mo
batsy I've already read The Summer Story and loved it 💜 Happy to read either one of the other two but my vote is for 7mo
Lcsmcat Not voting, but I found Dead Souls really funny. 7mo
BarbaraBB Such good choices! I have read The Summer Book and Chess Story and especially looooved the latter, so I want you all to read it. However my vote goes to (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB The one who has read almost all 1,001 books is @Liz_M. I am curious to see if she missed one of these! 7mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB 😜 I have, in fact, read all three of these. Summer Book is lovely, but I vote for Chess Story -- I think it will be more interesting to discuss. 7mo
saresmoore I loved The Summer Book and I‘ve had Dead Souls on the TBR for many moons. Buuut, I‘ma have to vote for 7mo
MicheleinPhilly 🤔Tough one. My vote is for 7mo
Rachel_nyc This is such a tough one! I‘ll be happy with whichever wins but I‘ll vote for The Summer Book. 7mo
emilyhaldi Sorry I missed this vote but apparently I wouldn‘t have made much difference with this one!!! Chess Story it is 😁 7mo
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emilycoc
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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What an intense read! It took me a few days to get through, even though it is a novella, just because it‘s a very deep read with lots of layers to get through. Definite recommend.

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M.V
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Absolutely brilliant, masterfully lined with simultaneously different meanings. That feeling of being able to tell many moves ahead in chess, chased through my body as I was reading this. And not because it was predictable, no, because it invoked a certain sensation of intuition.

#Austria #literarytriparoundtheworld

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emilycoc
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This is a new Amazon purchase, and another book I decided to read because I saw reviews on Litsy! I‘m in a mood where I want to read as many books as possible, so I picked this as the next read over others in my stack mostly because it‘s short. 😅 can‘t wait to sink my teeth into it!

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Magslhalliday
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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A tale within a tale, this spins faster and tighter as it reaches its conclusion. A fascinating take on mental turmoil. Trans. Althea Bell 2006.

#LitsyAtoZ #LetterZ

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andrew61
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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#LitsyClassics bk 26 Z
Ta dah i finished and on a highlight of my reading year. Having been in the school chess team many moons ago i loved the story which encompasses more than just a game as it pits two very different men with different stories against each other.
Thanks to @Sarah83 for encouraging this challenge - I'll post a pic of all 26 tomorrow with hopefully my new challenge.
Celebrating with Christmas present of Yorkshire blue and 🍷

Sarah83 So glad you liked the challenge 😉 13mo
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andrew61
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I picked my final #LitsyClassic book up and suspect i wouldn't have put it down again but i had to post this extract - I'm not sure that we have been waiting to be interviewed by a nazi interrogator but i have certainly noticed people with books and desperately wanted to know what they are reading.

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Anna40
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Excruciating mental torture: the questions of 1) How does a human being cope, if faced with Nothing (Nichts): forced to live in a small windowless room with nothing to do, nothing to see, no one to talk to. 2) Can we save ourselves from going insane through our own imagination? Zweig embeds these questions in a story about chess, a game that requires intellectual skills but also two players, to answer these questions. Brilliant!

Anna40 @Izai.Amorim Hey! How are you? Have you read any other books by Stefan Zweig? Can you recommend what to read next? Hope you're well! 1y
Izai.Amorim @Anna40 Fine, thanks, sitting on the train on the way back to Berlin. I had Fronturlaub this weekend. Unfortunately I haven‘t read anything by him yet though I‘ve heard about the chess book, very good. I bought my first Hannah Arendt but I forgot it in Munich. Not that I have much time to read anyway. Haven‘t read much in the last months. Free time is all for writing. But it will be over some day. How are you? 1y
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim doing well too - despite Midterms 😖😭... Am busy with my translator course and we're moving to the Washington DC area in April / May, so these are the last few months in the Southwest ... which book by Hannah Arendt are you reading? 1y
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Izai.Amorim I bought the German edition of “On Violence” only to realize that she wrote it originally in English😂. But I didn‘t have the chance to start it this weekend. I got a hardcover with all Brechts play in Berlin, I read it when I have the time. There‘s a new German movie on Die Drei Groschen Oper. I found it surprisingly good, a “film in film”, which is a difficult thing to do. Washington DC? Wow! Never been there, supposed to be cool despite... 1y
Izai.Amorim @Anna40 ... despite the politicians, I‘ve heard. Congratulations! 1y
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim Oh No! You can always get it in English as well... yeah, congrats ... 😖I didn't vote for Ted Cruz, so ... . 1y
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim the movie sounds cool. Did you watch Transit based on Anna Segher's book. They didn't show it here 1y
Izai.Amorim @Anna40 Almost in Berlin! Just out of the “Funkloch” and can see your message. East Germany is really a desert. I haven‘t seen Transit. I‘ve followed the midterms with interest and awe. What happened to the principle of one person, one vote? And even if Democrats make it next time, will the madness really stop? Obama didn‘t have an easy life... The divisions are too deep. The proverbial divided house will fall. It‘s so sad! Wish you all well! 1y
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CuriousCaterpillar
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME !!!

EPIC MATCHES
EMOTIONAL BACKSTORY
#a must read

Anna40 This book is definitely a must read - Brilliant! 1y
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CindyE09
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Read this is one sitting while my husband and son are out this afternoon for the @bookriot #readharder challenge. This novella is only 83 pages but tells a mesmerizing story of a haughty chess champion and his surprising challenger. I really enjoyed the story and the writing in this small #nyrb

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jamie_in_the_library
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Working in the library on a beautiful Sunday and loving how this handmade mosaic chess board is soaking up the sunshine ☀️

RachelO That's amazing! 2y
LibrarianRyan That is georgeous 2y
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Becker
Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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In the line up for sometime in the next few weeks. Love my NYRB Classics.

BarbaraBB Such a great novella this! 2y
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